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China To Do More to Make COVID-19 Vaccines Accessible to Developing Countries, Says Xi

President Xi Jinping told attendees of the Boao Forum taking place on China's southern Hainan Island on Tuesday that Beijing will increase the "accessibility and affordability" of vaccines for developing countries. In typical fashion, the President did ...

Concerns Over Chinese Vaccine Efficacy Have Had No Measurable Impact on Distribution

Leaders and public health officials in developing countries have seemingly brushed aside concerns about the efficacy of Chinese-made vaccines. Many are courting Chinese pharmaceutical manufacturers to secure further supplies. According to the latest figures compiled by Chinese state-run ...

China’s Vaccine Distribution by Region and Pharmaceutical Brand

It's interesting to note how China's vaccine distribution throughout the developing world also seems to align with the regions where China does the most trade. Southeast Asia is by far China's top trading partner in the Global South, MENA is obviously important for its oil ...

With Chinese-Made Jabs in Hand, Zimbabwe to Kick Off National Vaccination Drive

200,000 doses of donated Chinese COVID-19 vaccines landed at Robert Mugabe International Airport in Harare on Monday, providing a badly-needed boost for the Zimbabwean government in its battle against the rapidly spreading virus. Another 600,000 doses are expected ...

200,000 Chinese Vaccines Will Soon Arrive in Zimbabwe

A shipment of 200,000 Chinese-made Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines is scheduled to land in Zimbabwe next Monday and will be used to kickstart the government's national vaccination drive. Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa told reporters on Tuesday that another batch from China is also due next month, although she didn't ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Commodity Supercycle Blues

The editorial board of Financial Times published an op-ed yesterday announcing a new commodities supercycle. They argued that the global pivot towards climate-friendlier technologies like electric vehicles is pushing demand for metals like cobalt, lithium and palladium (used in catalytic converters.) In addition, the Biden administration’s new commitments to building infrastructure at home (and possibly abroad) will further boost demand for steel, with iron ore futures hitting record prices in Singapore this week.Where FT ...

Are IMF Loans Being Used to Counter China in Africa?

The growing influence of China in world politics has not gone unnoticed in Washington. In 2018, while presenting the U.S. national defense strategy, which set priorities for the Pentagon, then U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis declared in very clear terms that the United States was entering ...